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Chicago Blues Festival Proves Why It Remains The King [Photos / Recap]

Words: Robin Zimmerman | Photos: Howard GreenblattFrom living legends and dynamic dynasties to well-known national artists, the 35th Annual Chicago Blues Festival was jam-packed with talented acts.For the second straight year, Millennium Park was Ground Zero for the Windy Citys big blues blowout.While Chicagos spectacular skyline served as an impressive backdrop, music and kinship...

PHOTOS: Blues On The Fox 2018

Photos: Howard GreenblattSamantha Fish won over the Blues On the Fox audience when she first played the festival in 2014.Four years later, as her songwriting becomes more diverse and her lyrics matured, her fan base has exploded.Still only 29 years old, shes already won twoBlues Music Awards, most recently as Best Contemporary Female Artist in...

PHOTOS / VIDEO | JGB @ Park West 3/16/18

By: John 'Nunu' ZomotFormer Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals is no stranger to the Chicago area.  He appears frequently as a special guest with the local Dead tribute staple Terrapin Flyer.But it's been a minute since he's brought his JGB project through the city -- so it was nice to get a...

Photos / Recap | Greyboy Allstars @ Brooklyn Bowl

By: Michael LepekIt's nice when you can scratch a couple items off the bucket list.  On a recent trip to New York City, I was able to go for a pair: experiencing a show at the original Brooklyn Bowl and seeing a live performance of the seminal West Coast funk-jazz (or is it jazz-funk?)&...

Photos / Recap | Uriah Heep at Arcada Theater 3/10/18

By: Philamonjaro StudioNext year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic English hard rock band Uriah Heep, but even at 49 the band shows no signs of slowing down.On Sunday, March 11th, the band gave all it had at St. Charles' Arcada Theater.The 75-minute concert featured both beloved older material and a smattering...

Trey Anastasio Returns To The Solo Acoustic Stage In Morristown, NJ

[instagram id="Be-roAVheCH"]Trey played his home state of New Jersey last night to kick off a relatively long solo and acoustic run.His one long set was peppered with the sort of personal speeches that have become common in these settings, and even included a new instrumental tune -- tentatively titled "Saudade", it is...

The Los Lobos Chicago December Residency In Review

By: John 'Nunu' ZomotOne of the best things about covering the music scene over several years is witnessing the development of trends that slowly evolve into traditions.Los Lobos' December Chicago run definitely fits the mold, as the band has turned its multi-night pre-Holiday runs into something for both the band and its fans...

Review / Photos / Setlist | Andrew Bird @ 4th Presbyterian Church 12/11/17

Words: Alex Wood | Photos (from 12/12): Zach StoneFor a number of reasons, Andrew Birds Gezelligheid performances at 4th Presbyterian Church have become a holiday tradition for me.From the gorgeous, decorated church setting on Michigan Avenue to the intimate, warm performances from the native-to-Chicago violinist, the unpredictable setlists, guest musicians and natural sound quality form an...

Photos / Video / Setlist / Recap | Joe Marcinek's Dead Funk Summit @ Martyrs' 12/9/17

Photos: John 'Nunu' ZomotGuitarist Joe Marcinek is the chef who is always cooking up something special with whatever ingredients are on hand.As luck would have it, the cupboard happened to have a little from two separate camps for a December run.  Melvin Seals, the longtime Jerry Garcia Band organist was available for...

Whose Hat Is This? The All-Improvised TTB Offshoot Is At It Again

[Update 12/13 - Some pretty good media was captured from the Philly show, scroll down to check it out below]We were pretty excited when Whose Hat Is This? released their improvised album earlier this year, so why not crank up the hype again as they are about to play a string of dates in the...